Ys V: Kefin, Lost Kingdom of Sand ( イースV 失われた砂の都ケフィン Īsu V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin ) is the fifth game of the series. It was released for SNES in 1995, followed by an updated version called Ys V Expert. A remake was released for the Playstation 2 in 2006.
Ys V begins as Adol lands in the region of Xandria, in the realm of Afroca. The red haired adventurer’s reputation precedes him, and so Adol is contracted by a wealthy merchant named Dorman to hunt for some crystals. These crystals are said to unlock the secrets of Kefin, a city in the desert that disappeared over five hundred years ago. The desert has mysteriously been spreading, displacing and ruining some of the towns in the area. The knowledge of the people of Kefin, who were said to have discovered alchemy, will supposedly help save the land.
The RPG-style statistical elements and the overhead view of most of the previous games are retained in Ys V. As in Ys III, there is no bump system; the player must press a button to swing Adol's sword. Adol is also given the ability to jump and block with his shield.
Rather than traditional magic, Adol uses “alchemy”, but it functions identically. These are cast by equipping stones to your sword, then charging them up with the R button. While you’re given your first spell – the standard fireball – you’re expected to craft future spells on your own. This is accomplished by combining three different elemental crystals; most crystals are found hidden throughout the environment. There are six different elements, and a total of 18 spells to use. While a relatively open ended system like this might sound good on paper, many of the spells are fairly useless, and you don’t get to test them out until you’ve already used your crystals. Various enemies are weak or strong to different elemental magic, but otherwise there’s not much of a reason to use it.
There are actually two different experience levels, physical and magical. The type of experience obtained depends on how you kill the enemy. Physical attacks will raise melee strength and HP, while magical attacks will raise magical power and defense. Gold is also not obtained directly from dispatching enemies, but instead many foes will drop gems, which are then sold at any store. You can only save at inns, but there is a quick save option that you can reload in case you get killed, which disappears if you shut the game off.
The initial release was considered too easy by many, so Ys V Expert was released a few months after the original game.
This is a list of known differences between the original Ys V and the Expert mode remake of Ys V:
- Overall more difficult
- Time Attack Mode
- There is an extra dungeon behind the stairs of Dorman's Mansion
- It has twenty floors with each giving a prize
- Skeleton enemies with shields block periodically
- Stronger variants of normal enemies throughout the game
- New second area where Master Rod is injured in Northwood
- In the third area (originally the second) of Northwood there's a new tree enemy
- In the East Wing of Kefin City the falling rock puzzle has been revamped and now includes obstacles and switches
Original Concept Scenario
- It is currently one of the three games that have not received a remake in the world setting of Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim
- It is currently the only main game that have not received an official English localization.
- It is currently the only main game that cannot be played in any of the current generation console or PC platform like PS4 or Steam.
- Due to the fact that the game's subtitle isn't in English like most other entries in the series, and that it hasn't been officially localized yet, it is sometimes referred to as: "Kefin, Lost City of Sand" or "Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand".
- It is briefly mentioned by Chatelard when he is revealing the truth of Monstrums to Adol and his partners.